Dubai Airshow 2015 breaks visitor record, reaffirms positive outlook for MidEast aviation industry

A total of $37.2 billion of orders were made during the 2015 edition of the Dubai Airshow, the fourth highest since records began in 1999, organisers have said. The show, which took place in Dubai earlier this month, saw more than 1,103 exhibitors representing 61 countries. Organisers said in a statement that visitor numbers for this year’s industry showcase broke all previous records, for the 14th consecutive edition, topping 66,346 sector professionals, representing an increase of 9 percent.

Deals at the show included 30 Airbus A321s aircraft for leading Vietnamese low-cost carrier Vietjet, worth $3.6 billion, Etihad Airways’ $475 million optioned agreement with GE for GE90-115B engines to power its two Boeing 777 Freighters and three Augusta Westland AW609 TiltRotor search and rescue helicopters for the Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the UAE.

Commenting on this year’s event, Michele van Akelijen, managing director, F&E Aerospace, organiser of the Dubai Airshow, said: “Once again, the region’s leading aerospace players and governments have sent out a clear message that the Middle East is at the vanguard of industry growth and advancement as we power into the second half of the decade. “The pivotal role that Dubai Airshow plays in bringing the global aerospace community together in a dedicated venue, and with a focus on delivering a 360-degree perspective on industry performance, trends and opportunities, is underpinned by the support and participation of our exhibitors here on the ground this week; and with orders exceeding tens of billions, the future of the region’s fast-moving aviation industry looks even brighter than ever.”

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